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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 23, 2012 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Top Bassists Final Final Numbers

The thread was open for 5 days with 40 respondents total. Jaco is still the king, but John Entwhistle is right behind. All great players below. I have two reactions.

This list on the whole is far away from the R&R dinosaurs which seem to heavily populate the corporate music industries top bassist lists. The list we made was varied among genre, time and style.

Of all the people (in at least the Western countries) these are the men and women who are considered beyond everyone else when it comes to playing the bass. That's what, .0000000001 % of the population? Many are called...

Thanks for so many great recs. I can't wait to check out the ones I haven't gotten to yet. Cheers!

If you find a mistake, please let me know. Or when you find a mistake.

Robbie Shakespeare
John Clayton
John LaFaro
Jaco x6
Stanley Clarke x3
Phil Lesh x3
Kasim Sultan
Chris Squire
Rob Wasserman
Tony Levin
Chris Squire
Mike Gordon
Derek Smalls
Jamaldeen Tacuma
Lemmy
Serge Koussevitzky
Howard "Rainwater" Watts
Edgar Meyer
Victor Wooten x4
Bootsy Collins x3
Errol "Flabba" Holt
Marcus Miller
Roger Waters x2
John Entwhistle x5
John Paul Jones
John Rider
James Jamerson
Mike Watt
Les Claypool
Jack Casady x2
Bill Black
Tim Bogert
Paul Chambers
Ron Carter x3
Charlie Mingus x2
Ron Benjamin (reggae band Midnight)
Paul McCartney
Rick Danko
Donald "Duck" Dunn
Jack Bruce
Tony Levin
Christian McBride x2
Dave Holland
Steve Harris
Tina Weymouth
Steve Harris
Carol Kaye
Tal Wilkenfeld

This post was modified by micah6vs8 on 2012-06-23 18:14:34

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jun 22, 2012 7:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

A fictional metal bassist, Derek Smalls, makes the list, but a real metal bassist, Steve Harris, doesn't.

Kind of like Philadelphia having a statue of Rocky Balboa, instead of Joe Frazier.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 25, 2012 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

Hey Red,

The Derek Smalls contribution was mine and it was more comedic than anything else. I'm not familiar with Steve harris but I will definitely look int him later today. Thanks for the rec on that

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Jun 24, 2012 3:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Final Numbers

my own 2 ommissions but most made the master list.
Jack Bruce (can't believe I forgot also for singing).
Tal Wilkenfeld saw w/ Jeff Beck and was great but has a very short stay to make a masters list.
Carol Kaye one of the best session studio players ever played on many Beach Boys albums among many others. The jazz bass players were out of my comfort zone...

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jun 22, 2012 11:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

Seems there's an absence of females on the list. No Carol Kaye, Tal Wilkenfeld, or Tina Weymouth.

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Poster: Hal R Date: Jun 24, 2012 9:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

Look again, Tal is on it. The last one listed.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jun 25, 2012 4:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

Those were added by Micah6vs8 after I posted those names.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 25, 2012 6:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

I'd like to nominate Missy Raines.

If anyone can find a copy of Claire Lynch's "Wabash Cannonball" Missy's bass work is phenomenal and it's no wonder she has been nominated as IBMA Bass Player of the Year multiple times.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jun 22, 2012 7:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

you forgot one...

this one old guy(just turned 72)
violinist>jazz trumpeter>bass player

wish I could remember his name, but I know he was/is pretty darned good

C'mon now,somebody help me out. What's his name?

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 22, 2012 8:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

bass great , lesh filling !!!

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Poster: craven714 Date: Jun 22, 2012 10:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

Holden McGroin?

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jun 23, 2012 4:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

"Friends": Season 1 Episode 21
Joey(Matt LeBlanc): Hi, uh, I'll be reading for the role of Mercutio.
Casting Director(male voice): Name?
Joey: Holden McGroin.

The show's three producers sat in (uncredited) as the impatient casting directors.



This post was modified by user unknown on 2012-06-23 23:55:23

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Poster: craven714 Date: Jun 25, 2012 6:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

Maybe it was his brother Patton McGroin

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 22, 2012 8:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

Where is Jamaldeen Tacuma? Him w/ James Blood Ulmer and Sonny Sharrock some of the "dopest" shit I've ever heard/seen.

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Jun 23, 2012 9:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

Lemmy

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Poster: craven714 Date: Jun 22, 2012 9:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Bassists Final Numbers

I dont see mine :(
put me down for a Stanley Clarke
i do love me some phil though...



gone fishin'